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Trigger Warning by Lydia Billings Captures Human Coping and Experience

By: Meghan Young - Published: • References: lydiabillings and beautifuldecay
Trigger Warning by Lydia Billings, a photographer born in Ithaca, New York, and based in Rochester, is a series of portraits that center around rape survivors. The honest and haunting images are accompanied by quotes that reveal the depth of the violation for each person. Scattered throughout are shots of empty places where rape could conceivably occur, rounding out the narrative in a starkly somber manner.

Crafting a collective voice for the survivors of sexual abuse, Trigger Warning by Lydia Billings is a powerful photo series. It not only provides a safe outlet, it showcases their courage while encouraging others to not turn a blind eye to their experience. One survivor states, “The idea for me is not necessarily to be an example of hope and survival, but to show it’s ok just to talk, and all of that other stuff will come in its own right…if you talk.”